Friday, March 31, 2006

Clinic Notes: ADHD

Parenting characteristics are a better predictor of ADHD than genetics. Smoking by the mother while she is pregnant has also been associated with ADHD. For the child who does not calm down Ritalin or Adderal is okay for the short term, but special parenting skills for handling the child with ADHD need to be acquired at some point. Even then ADHD may be a problem through the teen years and into adulthood. And normal tasks such as driving a car may be a problem for ADHD kids when they get older. Teens with a history of ADHD are four times more likely to have a wreck. As far as I know, insurance companies have not picked up on this because medical records are confidential, at least to a certain extent. Obviously, if insurance companies knew a teenager they were about to insure had ADHD their rates would go up.

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